All posts tagged: Lessons

What I’ve Learned Thus Far: 24 Things in 24 Years

1. In everything you do, stay true to yourself. 2. Embrace your mistakes. 3. Know that people act in their best self-interest. 4. Don’t waste your time on those who bring you down. 5. Understand that life is not fair. 6. Make the most out of what you have. 7. Always, always, always be grateful. 8. If you are a person of privilege and advantage, you must help those who are less privileged and disadvantaged. 9. Respect your elders. 10. Confidence is key! Fake it ’til you make it. 11. Don’t sweat the small stuff. 12. Self-love is essential. Take great care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. 13. Make an effort to see and do as much as you can. 14. Set many goals, and constantly be working to achieve them. 15. Know that failure is a part of success. 16. Don’t compare yourself to others. 17. Be there for those you love. 18. Embrace what makes you, you. 19. Say “I love you” often. 20. Do something nice for someone else, daily. 21. Stand by what …

Film School or No School?

What do Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Terry Gilliam, and David Fincher have in common? Aside from their magnificently acclaimed careers, all four directors opted out of school and decided instead to jump head first into the film industry. On the other-hand, greats like Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Darren Aronofsky attended film school before developing their careers. So, what’s the better option? Film school, or no school? A lot of young aspiring filmmakers ask: “Is film school worth it?” Simply put, the answer depends on the type of person you are and what you’re interested in taking away from the experience of receiving an arts degree. First, you must know that film school is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not necessary to begin a career in the film industry. But even if the program you’re pursuing isn’t prominent, you’ll still get something out of it. What’s important is if what you get out of your experience is worth it to you. In my case, I believe it was. Sure, you can learn how to be a filmmaker …